Looking to grow or scale your already established business? If so the Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator might be the opportunity you’re looking for to bring your business to the next level.
Gabi Burnside, Entrepreneur Acceleration Manager at Ulster Bank said: “Our bespoke accelerator programme isn’t just for startups, we’ve also been working with established companies to help them grow for nearly four years now.”
With support including expert business coaches, an environment with like-minded entrepreneurs and a wealth of partners - Dell Technologies, Deloitte, Hiscox, Free Agent, Equifax and Pinsent Masons – our six to 18-month programme is aimed towards helping established companies grow.
Vivian McKinnon, founder of Hydro-ease said: “Joining the Ulster Bank Accelerator programme has supported me in so many ways, from meeting others in the same position, to being introduced to high level professionals in all areas of business development, enhancing my journey through supporting me to gain clarity on my opportunities for expansion.“Nurturing my growth and belief that I AM an entrepreneur. And a big bonus for me is i that I have met some fantastic people along the way who I know I will remain in touch with for a very long time."
Since launching in 2016 the Accelerator has supported more than 450 entrepreneurs in Northern Ireland, with 53 per cent of entrepreneurs in 2018 female.
Aideen Duggan, founder of Keenan Healthcare said: “I have only been on the Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator for a few months and it has already helped. Being held accountable to my targets, by my coach, has kept me to the tight timeline needed to rebrand.
“Attending workshops in the hub on finance and marketing has been great. It lets me understand my company finances, that our accounts team would look after. This is great for marketing planning, budgets and projections. I have been fortunate enough to be invited to attend events such as the Alison Rose review, which gave great insight into the barriers faced by women starting and growing business. With me rebranding to grow my business, this was a great afternoon listening to and learning from female business leaders.“I am thoroughly enjoying my time in the hub and recommend to any business wanting to grow.”